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A Cure Worse than the Illness: Canada’s Proposed Regulatory Framework for Natural Health Products in Light of International Evidence

Research Report by Cynthia Ramsey

This article by Cynthia Ramsey examines Canada’s new regulatory framework for natural health products (NHPs), which is proposed by the newly created Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) of the Canadian government. Ramsey analyzes the reasoning behind the need for such a framework, compares the framework to the current regulatory policy, and distinguishes between Canada’s current and proposed policies vis-à-vis those of other countries, including the US. Ramsey finds that the proposed Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (RIAS) provided by the Natural Health Products Directorate to be of “limited value,” and suggests that greater enforcement of current regulations would be more appropriate. Ramsey also argues for a greater role for the market in the provision of information regarding NHPs.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Cynthia Ramsey;
Publisher: Fraser Institute [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2002; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: International; National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Health Care / Measuring Results
Policy Articles / Health Care
Policy Articles / Health Care / Measuring Results / 2002


Keywords / Tags:

natural health products; regulation; enforcement; cost-benefit; self-medication; safety;